Tin badges bearing messages against molesters were released on Jan. 25, with the aim of preventing groping on commuter trains and in other locations.
A 17-year-old high school girl from Tokyo came up with the idea of producing the badges after being molested on a crowded commuter train. In response, the Chikan Yokushi Katsudo Center (Center for molestation deterrence activities), a general incorporated association, solicited designs for the tin badges and received 443 entries from across the country.
Five designs selected from among those entries will go on sale at just under 400 yen apiece. The badges carry such messages as "Molestation is a crime" and "We will not be silenced."
"We would like to see a drop in the number of children and women who are harassed by molesters," a supporter for molestation victims said.
The high school girl who designed the badges said she had not been molested since she began attaching her creation to her bag during train commutes.